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Sustainable Healthcare Series

Kickoff Event: Sustainability and Healthcare: Making the Business Case

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Time: 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Event Summary

Designed for executive leadership in mind, this June 2 event showcased how healthcare organizations can tap into opportunities for producing better health outcomes, reducing costs and finding new sources of revenue by pursuing a sustainable approach to healthcare operations.

Participants interacted with a range of internationally-recognized practitioners who have implemented sustainable solutions in the healthcare industry to a variety of challenges.

Workshop Report

Click here to view a downloadable summary, including presenter bios, participant breakout session survey and discusion session information.


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Presenter Materials

Click on the name of each presenter to view his/her presentation materials (useful for viewing while watching the video).

Kickoff Speaker:

Dr. Eli Avila, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Health


David Hearn, VP IT and NFS Procurement, Procurement & Supply, Kaiser Permanente


Anna Gilmore Hall, RN, MS, CAE, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth

Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty, Principal, evolveEA

Seema Wadhwa, Director of Sustainability, Inova Health System

Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED AP, Sr. Director of Sustainability and Environmental Strategy, Cleveland Clinic


David Dausey, Ph.D., Senior Director, Health Programs and Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon


7:30 AM Registration and refreshments

8:00 AM Welcome by Matt Mehalik, Champions for Sustainability, Sustainable Pittsburgh

8:10 - 8:30 Opening Address--Secretary Avila, Pennsylvania Department of Health

8:30 - 9:00 David Hearn, Kaiser Permanente

9:00 - 9:15 Audience Questions

9:15 -10:15 Panel discussion

10:15 - 11:15 Break out discussion with panelists

11:15 - 11:30 Wrap Up

About the Sustainability and Healthcare Series

Sustainable Pittsburgh’s sustainable business network, Champions for Sustainability (C4S) has launched a series of workshops that advance the mutually reinforcing agendas of sustainability and healthcare.

Each event spotlights how sustainability improves health outcomes, healthcare benefits, business performance and provides best practices, resources, examples, and how to get started.

Click here to learn more about the series.

Save the Dates for Upcoming Programs in the Series

  • October 6, 2011: Sustainability Standards and Regulations for Healthcare
  • November 3, 2011: Sustainable Product and Service Procurement
  • December 1, 2011: Information Management for Sustainability and Healthcare

For more information, please contact:

Matthew M. Mehalik, Ph.D., Program Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh mmehalik@sustainablepittsburgh.org



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